What's even more disheartening is that the flick had a pretty cool, interesting, well-though-out, and creepy opening which started off with "Mad Morrigan" ominously addressing a video camera and then cut to a nifty compilation of news stories and online videos all relating to the general theme of THAW's internal terror. From there, it seems that Mr. Kilmer either hung up the phone or had call waiting because he completely disappears from the screen. From that point on, it's just a long hour of non-scary scenes depicting the students and their helicopter pilot either slowly figuring out what happened to Val and his crew, or becoming sick, or both. There's zero well-crafted tension and zero shots of comic relief. The whole thing kinda makes you feel like you've contracted some kind of drudging, monotonous fever that prevents any kind of fun.
The acting was okay for the most part, I suppose. I mean, there won't be any MTV Movie Award nominations, but Aaron Ashmore (SMALLVILLE and the upcoming THE SHRINE) did a fairly competent job at making me believe his character's actions. The real standout for me was actually the high-voiced Martha MacIsaac (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake). Though meek-seeming, I believe this chick has the chops and the pipes to do some nice damage to the genre (that's a compliment).
That's about it in terms of the positive. Unless, of course, you're into the creepy crawly shit big-time because you do get your fair share of "many-legged" action. For me, however, the extra gooey grossness investment was not at all compensated by a compelling enough tale or environment. By the way, there were also a tad too many happy coincidences that occured to sew up the plot, including one friggin' doozy involving a helicopter. I mean, the box for the DVD boasts that it's from the makers of the EVIL DEAD trilogy. If you're going to spout shit like that, you'd best back it up.
Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, with Spanish subtitles
A Behind the Scenes featurette that wasn't much more interesting than the flick.
Some micro video called Ghosts of Plauge which is essentially a Ghost House Underground promo.
P.S. I hope you guys got my "Val phoned in his performance" references.